FF: Less Famous

Princess Persephone (See Below for Which Princess)

I’m as guilty as the next reader of trending toward one element of a writer’s work.  As a writer, I’m often saddened that readers who loved Changer won’t touch the Firekeeper Saga or those who came to me from Firekeeper only want more Firekeeper.

But I can be just as contrary.  What I’ve learned though is that often a writer’s atypical books are some of that writer’s best, precisely because they’re outside of the grove.  Patricia McKillip’s Science Fictional Fool’s Run is phenomenal.  David Weber’s early Path of the Fury remains one of my favorites of his.  (Hmm…  Maybe a re-read is in order?)

So this week I’m giving Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion a break, and am reading one of Dorothy L. Sayer’s less well-known works.

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

Recently Completed:

Dancers in Mourning by Margery Allingham.  Musical theater and country house combine to make an interesting setting for this tale of not-so-accidental death.

Whose Body by Dorothy L. Sayers.  Her first featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.

In Progress:

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater.  Audiobook.  So far interesting…

The Documents in the Case by Dorothy L. Sayers with Robert Eustace.  A collaboration in which the collaborator provided the science behind the intricate mystery plot.


Mostly immersed in writing on SK4.

Persephone Enacts “The Princess and the Pea”

9 Responses to “FF: Less Famous”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett
    Still She Persisted – a flash fiction anthology based on those infamous words

    Currently reading:
    Extremes, by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (from The Retrieval Artist series)

    I do sometimes try an author’s “other” works. Some I like. Some I don’t. With Rusch, I tried two different series (Retrieval Artist, and Diving) and found I preferred one while the other left me uninterested. Both are far future SF but one is more like a detective story and the other was more about being a wreck diver in space. The Diving series appears to be a lot more popular with other people, though. With Seanan McGuire, I’ve tried several of her series but only the InCryptid series keeps me coming back. My experience with other authors has been the same.

    There are SO MANY books out there. I wonder if some people save their experimentation for other authors and rely on a single series by one author as their safe space.

  2. Alien Resort Says:

    Persephone must be really tired to be able to sleep with that pea under there.

  3. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    I finally finished Wolf’s Soul. Loved it! (I got my paper book in the mail too. Thank you for including the cool little wood card!)

    I haven’t started a new book yet. I have 2 Stephen King books and a Joe Hill that I bought, waiting and also an ebook… The Toll by Neal Shusterman (#3 of Scythe series) came from the library. So many choices, so little time😁

    Cats are funny! We had a kitty that would lay on a single piece of paper. Nice comfy pillows and fleece blankets weren’t what she wanted. She wanted that piece of paper that was left sitting to the side😹

    • janelindskold Says:

      I’m very glad you enjoyed Wolf’s Soul and particularly pleased that you were able to use it to break your “I can’t read” block. And glad to hear the physical book arrived!!

      It’s funny, but I can see the appeal of horror right now, especially the sort that ends with defeat of the dark… But horror isn’t usually my “flavor.” I do nightmares to well to want to plant seeds.

      We have created a cushy bed for our 18+ year-old cat. He likes it, especially when he’s tromped the pillow down nearly flat, so he can cuddle into a hollow and rest his chin on the hard edge… Cats!

  4. anevergreen Says:

    If I really like an author, I try to read everything they’ve written, with a few exceptions (like if they also do erotica or MG). I think at this point I *own* all but one of yours, though I’ll admit I haven’t gotten around to reading some of the SF ones yet. I don’t know why someone who has read Firekeeper wouldn’t want to read Changer, or vice versa. I tend to love series more than individual books though, so Firekeeper is still my favorite of yours 😉

    I just got Wolf’s Soul, but am using it as a bribe to get other stuff done at the moment. The wooden wolfie bookmark is adorable!

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